We had one extra day to spare, so we traveled to Trimbak. Trimbakeshwar Temple itself, personally, didn't blow my socks off. I was irritated because I had completely different expectations. Then we went to the Brahmagiri hills, which is the origin of the Godavari river. This experience won me over and quelled my disappointments. The climb was enjoyable and the little temples that dotted the hill were fun to visit. One of the temples has 108 Shivlingas. I must tell you this, though. The monkeys here were more excitable!
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This is the holiest place in Maharshtra and one of the holiest in all over Indoia. People from all over the country come here to take blessings from Lord Trimbakeshwara or Lord Shiva. It is one of the 12 jyotirlingas in India and it is said that whoever visits this temple attains salvation. This is also said to be the birthplace of Lord Ganesha and the Godavari River and Brahmagiri Hills are situated here making this place pious like no other.
Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple
It was our 1st road trip in my new I-10. We started off early and straight hit the Nasik highway from Ghansoli. 1st haul taken after about an hour for breakfast (vada pav and Chai) on a roadside Tapri. The taste was good as the vada’s were served to our plates straight from kadhai. While on the way to Trimbakeshwar temple near Nashik, we saw a huge water body and were fascinated to go there. It was Lake Vaitarna, serene and a landscape worth capturing.We left for the ancient temple of lord Shiva again, which is of great mythological importance and 1 of the 12 Jyotirlingas. Kusavarta, a kunda (sacred pond) in the temple premises is the source of the Godavari River, the longest river in peninsular India. The current temple was built by Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao (Nanasaheb). Finding a parking space close to temple entrance was a tough task as it was a weekend. After reaching the temple gate we found out that the entry was closed as it was already too crowded. Then 1 of our hyper exited friend went on a pass search mission and came back victorious. There we were in the queue for darshan and came out in about hours time. The temple is made of black stones.